$500-$600 first build Tags: Build Systems Product Last response: June 22, 2012 4:01 PM in Systems Share ubernoobs June 22, 2012 3:19:17 PM This is going to be my first build and upgrading would be something i would like to do quite often so i would like parts that may not be the greatest but i would be able to upgrade for a while. Approximate Purchase Date: Starting this next couple weeks Budget Range: around $500-$600 not including storage System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, Surfing Internet Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Storage Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com Country: United States Parts Preferences: by brand or type: Intel CPU Overclocking: I Don't Know SLI or Crossfire: I Don't Know Monitor Resolution: I Don't know Additional Comments: My First build, I want to be able to upgrade it a bit often over time More about : 500 600 build amkronos June 22, 2012 3:47:13 PM Same situation I am in. Under $600 budget, but want a system that can upgrade. This is the best I can come up with, and will purchase in a week. Intel i5 2300 + BIOSTAR TZ68K+ LGA 1155 Combo - $241 BIOSTAR TZ68K+ can support Crossfire/SLI, upgrade to an i7, and have 4 Sticks of RAM up to 32gb Decent entry level overclocking board. Can find better but you'll have to pay a lot more for them. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... PowerColor Radeon HD 6850 - $140 Cheapest 256bit GPU at Newegg. Not the greatest modern GPU but will run everything current at Ultra or near it at HD resolutions. Optional Crossfire in the future with another HD 6850 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Seagate Barracude Sata 6gb/s 7200 RPM 500GB HDD + COOLER MASTER Elite 460W PSU Combo - $109 Great HDD, but so so PSU. Mind you we're going for under $600. This PSU will run the system, but if you want to crossfire in the future this PSU will need to be replaced with one that enough PCIe connectors and power. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $43 It's RAM with heatsinks, and looks pretty. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner SATA - $15 Need a DVD player. It works, and is SATA http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Case Diablotek EVO RPA-6170 (refurb) - $32 4 Fans, lots of room, but slight gamble on refurb. Can go cheaper for the case, but then Newegg likes to tack on huge shipping fees. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... Subtotal: $583.92 (Shipping fluctuates by the day on this) m 0 l Ironslice June 22, 2012 4:01:25 PM Do you need a monitor?? If so then this build: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($88.56 @ Newegg) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg) Monitor: Acer V193WEJb 19.0" Monitor ($103.98 @ Newegg) Total: $613.46 (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.) It went a little over your budget, but if you find some combo's on Newegg, then you can lower that a bit. If you don't need a monitor, then: PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg) Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4-M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($88.56 @ Newegg) Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg) Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($246.97 @ Newegg) Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg) Power Supply: Corsair 600W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg) Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg) Total: $621.46 (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.) Again, if you can find some combo's, you can make it work m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedFather/Son Project: First Build for a Home + Light Gaming Rig (budget: approx. $500-600?) 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